The MedGardens team is small and agile; determined and thorough; empathetic and always accessible.
Scientific Advisor | MedGardens.org
PhD. Ecology working for better understanding the processes and mechanisms that regulate the structure and functioning of marine benthic systems, with particular emphasis on how human activities transform them.
Laura Royo Marí
Oceanographer | MedGardens.org
Seafarer by birth and oceanographer by profession, dedicated to the conservation of the marine environment in all possible facets, diving, sailing, communicating, living.
Marina Castello Rigo
Community Manager | MedGardens.org
Ocean lover, freediver, blue activist, and social sciences student, with a strong purpose to innovate and build new sustainable business models supporting a circular economy.
MedGardens could not operate if it wasn’t for the talented core contributors, all aligned in using science and cooperation to build for coastal communities.
Project Coordinator | Cleanwave.org
Administration | Cleanwave Foundation
As reliable as arithmetic. Embraces life with energy, humour and pragmatism.
Project Coordinator | Cleanwave Education
Positive educator, full of creativity. Lover of life, good energy and passion.
Antonio Ruiz Salgado
Environmental Lawyer | RuizSalgado.es
Lawyer and mediator, specialized in administrative and environmental law. In his more than 20 years of professional practice, he has developed a firm commitment to improve human institutions and organizations so that he can improve the relationship between the social and ecological systems.
Special thanks to everyone who added strategic value to this ecosocial entrepreneurship.
Coordinator | ICTIB
Story & History
MedGardens arises as an initiative to complement the rest of the actions that aim to mitigate the loss of marine biodiversity and the impacts of climate change.
Half of the 5000+ existing marine reserves are today threatened or poorly managed, many of them today named paper reserves because although they have a legal form, in reality conservation actions are not effective.
The economic crisis puts at risk models that until now worked well while grass-roots community-driven initiatives have proven to be economically affordable while boosting the local economy.
Furthermore, when conservation is not enough and a habitat has already suffered degradation, it is necessary to carry out ecological restoration actions.
MedGardens proposes restoring marine habitats that have been degraded and activating shared stewardship by fostering environmentally friendly uses, a viable and scalable model that is easy to apply.
Cleanwave Foundation is a promoter of community projects that provide conservation, protection and regeneration of land and sea in the Balearic Islands.
MedGardens is an initiative of the Cleanwave Foundation and they share the vision of the Balearics as a globally recognised template and role model for regenerative living by 2026.
The project was designed by José Escaño in June 2020, with the support of Fiona Tomas and Tatí Benjumea, who joined as scientific team in September 2020. Several key inspirational and advisory individuals and entities contributed to the development of the MedGardens community and scientific strategies.
Together with the founding team of Cleanwave Foundation, an initial capital of € 40k was obtained in November 2020, today we continue to raise funds from different public and private sources.
From October 2020 to the end of 2021, four pilot marine restoration nodes are being deployed around the coast of Mallorca.